Family Advocacy and Vicarious Trauma Websites

These resources assist service members and their families with issues concerning family safety, including family advocacy and vicarious trauma.

Family Advocacy Resources

The 2016 Prevention Resource Guide: Building Community, Building Hope provides the latest resources on child abuse prevention, protecting children from risk of abuse and strengthening families. It includes information on supporting families, protective factors, public awareness, community activities, positive parenting, prevention programs and more.

Military-Civilian Coordinated Response - The Battered Women's Justice Project hosts the Military Advocacy Resource Network, a project funded by the Office on Violence Against Women to provide technical assistance, resources, and support for all advocates, military and civilian, who serve military and veteran families and work with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence perpetrated by military personnel or veterans.

Department of Health and Human Services - The Department of Health and Human Services is the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The HHS is the largest grant-making agency in the federal government with more than 300 programs that address issues concerning children, youth and families.

  • Administration for Children and Families - Within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families is the key agency administering programs related to the prevention, intervention, treatment and placement of abused and neglected children. Within ACF, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families oversees the major federal programs that support social services promoting the positive growth and development of children, youth and their families. The Children's Bureau is located with ACYF and is responsible for helping states deliver child welfare services.
  • National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information - This Health and Human Services website includes information on reporting suspected child abuse and neglect; intake, investigation and assessment of reports; case management; responding to child fatalities; and responding to families affected by child neglect, sexual abuse, domestic violence and substance abuse.
  • National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse - This Health and Human Services website provides information on programs that promote and improve the health of mothers, infants, children and adolescents including low-income families, those with diverse racial and ethnic heritages, and those living in rural or isolated areas without access to care.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention, provides child maltreatment and intimate partner violence prevention information and resources. Visit the Child Maltreatment Prevention and Intimate Partner Violence websites for publications, articles, news, data and research statistics, prevention resources, educational resources and more.

Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women - This website provides a listing of state and national resources and hotlines for victims of domestic abuse.

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics - The Bureau of Justice collects, analyzes, publishes and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
  • National Institute of Justice Clearinghouse - The National Institute of Justice is the research, development and evaluation agency of the Deparment of Justice, dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues.

The Health Resources and Services Administration via their Office of Women's Health portal offers FREE emotional wellness tools via the Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness Initiative. Scroll down under Emotional Wellness Tools to locate the guides targeting health care providers, young women or women of all ages.

These guides can be downloaded, copied and used during home visits, if appropriate, and include tips for broaching sensitive topics and worksheets to stimulate thoughtful reflection, and they offer ideas for building and sustaining emotional wellness.

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, another division of Human Resources and Services Administration, provides links to Depression During and After Pregnancy, a Resource for Women, Their Family and Friends. A FREE printer-friendly "Perinatal Depression Booklet" is available.

MilitaryINSTALLATIONS - This resource provides contact information for programs and services, maps and directions, links to comprehensive location overviews and community points of interest for military installations worldwide. Contact information for installation Family Advocacy Programs, New Parent Support Programs and Victim Advocate Services can be found on this site.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Website

Military Children and Families: Programs and Projects - The page contains all the latest news and resources from the Uniformed Services University, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress and links to the Defense Centers of Excellence, the UCLA/National Center for Child Traumatic Stress FOCUS Project for Military Families and the Family - Informed Trauma Treatment Center Center.

National District Attorneys Association - The National District Attorneys Association is a nationwide, interdisciplinary resource center for research and development, technical assistance, training and publications for the prosecutorial profession. The National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse is a National Development Research Institues program that serves as a central resource for training, expert legal assistance, court reform, and state-of-the-art information on criminal child abuse investigations and prosecutions.

National Domestic Violence Hotline "THE HOTLINE"- (1-800-799-SAFE or 1-800-799-7233) National Domestic Violence Hotline is an excellent resource in the civilian community for victims of domestic abuse. Hotline advocates are available 24 hours a day for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hotline advocates provide confidential services to victims.

National Domestic Violence Hotline also offers a Teen Dating Violence Hotline, providing access to trained professionals and advocates who can provide services and support to teens, young adults, and their families.

Vicarious Trauma Resources

Gift From Within - This international, nonprofit organization provides a wide range of current resources related to post-traumatic stress and vicarious trauma.

International Society For Traumatic Stress Studies - This site offers a wide range of professional information related to traumatic stress.

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome - This is a link for military members and professionals working with military members who are returning from combat and war zones. The website offers a section specifically for mental health care providers. Within this section are fact sheets, links to recent research studies, and detailed information about the assessment and treatment of PTSD.

Office for Victims of Crime - This is a government website from the Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Department of Justice. The Office of Victims of Crime has a wide range of resources and information for the public as well as for practitioners in the field.

Sidran Institute - The Sidran Institute is a well-known, non-profit, professional organization, which offers a variety of resources and information related to traumatic stress.